20 adopted children

This spring I was able to attend an adoption and foster parent conference in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada.   It was so great to be in a place where everyone you meet is in the same phase of life as you.  No one blinked when I answered their question of "How many kids do you have?".   There... Continue Reading →

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Welcoming Presidents and Orphans

This week the word welcome has really made me think. This week was the first time we struggled to find places for people to sleep and had to say no to a sleepover for one of our kids because all our beds were full and we already had all the extra mattresses and two cots... Continue Reading →

Why take in teens?

Think back to when you were 15.   I bet you were worried about zits, your clothes, your homework, driving, your friends, your dating life, your friends dating lives, your future.  Most of us were not worried about packing up all our belongings and moving to another foster home. One of the major worries for teens... Continue Reading →

Do you have a problem child?

That was me! I'm not talking about kids affected by major trauma or with severe behaviour issues or mental health issues today.   Today, I'm talking about inherently good, smart kids who seem to love trouble.  That was me.  I knew what was right but I seemed to love to choose the wrong way, the... Continue Reading →

Exam Day

My university daughter is preparing for exams this week.  It's hard to watch.   She stays up way too late studying and writing papers.   She doesn't eat well, she gets grumpy, snappy and pushes the limits of exhaustion.  Inevitably she will end up physically sick.   I was the same way in school.   I got so anxious... Continue Reading →

Sharing is caring

God is so amazing. A few of my devotions this week have been about giving and sharing with others.   Our sermon on Sunday was about giving and sharing our resources.   The pastor asked if we are giving all we can in every way.  Not just our funds but are we using our time, talents and... Continue Reading →

Looking up at 40

I vividly remember when my parents turned 40.   I remember when all of my aunts and uncles turned 40.  I am sure it's awfully strange that their daughter and niece is turning 40 today! So many people have a hard time with 40.  Lots of people stop at 39 and continue to tell people they... Continue Reading →

One Weekend In Foster Care

When we took foster parent training classes 20 years ago, we heard a very impactful story.   I am sure I won't do it justice but the basic message will come through.  I am going to attempt to write in the words of the woman who spoke to us and inspired us.   Her words come back... Continue Reading →

Grandparents vs Grandparents

Grandparenting today can look very different from one family to the next.  Some children grow up having relationships with their grandparents, great grandparents and even great-great grandparents.  To other families who started later in life, this may sound impossible as their parents are much older and their grandparents are in their 80’s by the time... Continue Reading →

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